Disciple or Believer

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Jn. 8:31-32)

Not everyone who believes in Jesus is a follower of Jesus. Knowing the difference is vital to living an inspired life!

  • “Do you believe that there is only one God? Good! The demons also believe—and tremble with fear.” (James 2:19-26)

Jesus calls us to more than belief… He calls us to be His disciples. So… What is a disciple? There is much to say about that word, but the idea is clear… it pertains to the one who follows a master’s way of life and teaching. The word “Disciple” makes us think of the twelve disciples, because they forsook everything and followed Jesus. The heart of discipleship is following!

How are disciples different from believers?

1. THE CROSS: Believer look to the cross. A Disciple picks up the cross (Mt. 16:22-24).

2. OBEDIENCE: A Believer obeys God if it’s convenient. A Disciple obeys no matter the outcome (1 Pet. 4:17).

3. DECISIONS: A Believer decides once, A Disciple decides daily (Mt. 6:33-34).

4. FOCUS: Believers focus on eternal life, A Disciple focus is about eternal rewards (Col. 3:1-4).

5. PRAYER: A Believer prays when things get tough. A Disciple prays no matter the circumstance (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

6. SCRIPTURE: A Believer twists the Bible to fit his or her lifestyle. A Disciple works to make his or her lifestyle resemble the teachings of the Bible (Jms. 1:21-22).

7. ETERNAL IMPACT: Believers make heaven. Disciples make history (Mt. 28:18-20).

The Key question then is… “Are you following Christ, or are you merely a believer?” It’s a huge decision to make, but it is worth everything you have… to gain what only Christ can give!

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